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I absolutely love Pilot...
January 20, 2014
I absolutely love Pilot Metropolitans. You can call them an entry level pen all you want, this fountain pen is AWESOME and for fifteen bucks, frankly, a steal.

Taupe (like a bronze, or even gun-metal with gold mixed in) is a very elegant color and way less boring than black (don't get me wrong, I also like black, but everybody offers black).

But my favorite part is that I can just grab a Pilot Plumix or Pilot Penmenship, swap nibs and turn this into an italic or EF nib pen (and, if you take the Metro nib and put it back on the donor pen, you now have TWO pens).
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This is my 3rd Pilot...
December 25, 2015
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This is my 3rd Pilot brand and maybe my 20th fountain pen.

I am a regular fountain pen user (general writing) as well as a sketcher. Have used fountains for over 25 years.

On one end I've use a Pilot Namiki Falcon (flexible nib) that I use for sketching and which is premium quality ($ 130) and on the other I have about 4 Pilot $ 10 fountain pens.

This really surprised me.

At $14 and my experience with the $10 Pilots - I wasn't placing very high expectations.

But I am blown away.

It's funny how much of a exponential jump it is on the $10 (I can't remember the brand name - it had a plastic body and the nib was scratchy - both F and M sizes).

This has a very executive looking color, heft and a smooth - free flowing nib.

A fellow reviewer said (I hope he sees this - but Pilot doesn't) - this pen is in a bracket about 2-3 notches higher. $14 is some strange 'mistake'.

I am currently using Lamy, Waterman, Pilot-Namiki and a Schaefer - and I think THIS is the super value-for-money one.

Nice pen. Ended up not...
December 1, 2015
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Nice pen. Ended up not being what I wanted, but that was no fault of the pen!
Fine pen for the money...
September 15, 2015
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Fine pen for the money - pleasant to hold (heavy metal body), nothing distracts while writing (shape and weight are perfect), smooth (really smooth) writing on even the most rough and leaking paper, slow consumption of ink. One thing differing from description - body is closer to gold tint, not silver as on photos, color of the pen in opened box is the most realistic (and a bit more warmer and darker olive-tan tint).
After doing some reading,...
June 22, 2015
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After doing some reading, i decided the pilot metro medium would make an excellent starter fountain pen...and i think it's definitely lived up to the praise people have heaped upon it. It was, at least as far as my uninformed hand could tell, a bit scratchy right out of the gate, but writing some ovals on a brown paper bag seemed to smooth out the nib. I don't have a magnifier with enough strength to see if the nib tines are actually straight or not, but it feels like they are.

after smoothing, it definitely seemed like the stroke was a bit wider than before, but it could just be my imagination. i'm curious how this pen compares in feel and line thickness to the fine version, which i was hesitant to get because i thought it might make for a scratchier feel. If it felt the same as my current pen, I might be inclined to choose the fine if ordering again.

the pen certainly doesn't feel like a $15 pen. The aluminum body gives the pen a pleasant heft without it crossing over into being truly bulky. The clip is secure and keeps the pen upright in my pocket. I haven't had any feed issues whatsoever. no splotching or ink smears. The pen starts quickly, even after a day or two of non-use. I do wish that it had a screw-on cap, just for my peace of mind...but the cap snaps on securely and I generally write with it posted up because the balance is very good. It also looks great. The gold was a bit blingy for my taste, but the taupe metal is understated and sharp looking.

I splurged on a Rhodia dot pad just to see if I could see a difference between types of paper and I certainly could. The semi-glossy rhodia pads hold the ink beautifully, add some writing smoothness and don't bleed through at all. The basic steno pads I use at work show bleed through and the paper quality makes the ink fuzz out a bit.

If you are curious about fountain pens, I don't see how you can go wrong with this as your first starter pen. The quality is great, the heft is good, it comes with an ink cartridge to get you started and it also comes with a converter so you can try some bottled inks later on if that appeals. I'm amazed, frankly, that this is a $15 pen. They could charge much more and certainly get away with it.
This is my first non-disposabl...
June 14, 2015
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This is my first non-disposable fountain pen and I love it! It looks great, it feels great, and it writes great. I've only been through one cartridge so far and am looking forward to seeing how the pen ages.
A steal at twice the...
March 24, 2015
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A steal at twice the price.

I've got the medium and the fine. Both are amazing and the most reliable pens I own. The more I get into fountain pens, the more I appreciate what a great value this is.
As always, this is one...
February 19, 2015
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As always, this is one of the finest pens at any price. The metal here is a good look, too.
I am thrilled with this...
January 21, 2015
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I am thrilled with this purchase! I bought it in both the fine and medium nib, but I tend to gravitate towards the fine more often than not. I use it everyday for as many things as will allow me. I highly recommend these folks as the place to find all your fine writing instruments.

San Diego
This pen took some work...
December 4, 2014
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This pen took some work to love, but now that the nib has loosened up and I figured out to fill the converter with an eyedropper rather than using it as instructed (to draw ink through the pen nib), it writes well for a decent amount of time. I have not tried it with cartridges, but I assume it would be just as good! I only wish it took a universal cartridge.
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